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If you are just joining us or looking for a refresher: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.

Generation 1: Darcy and … Children (continued)

Slowly, but surely, life returns to some semblance of normalcy within the Zalewski household.  Aerissa continues to blossom into a lovely young woman.  She continues to hone her writing and painting skills all while staying on the honor roll at school and working part-time at the bookstore.  She also has a few close friends that she hangs out with from time to time, such as her best childhood friend, Susy.  Now, Susy might seem like a sweet girl, but she's a bit of a rebel.  Aerissa learned that the hard way when sneaking out after curfew.  Darcy was none too pleased to see her daughter returned home by squad car, but she was less punitive than Susy's parents had been about the whole ordeal.

darcy vidgames with boys

So as a compromise with Susy's parents, Darcy was able to talk them into letting Susy still come to the house and hang out with Aerissa rather than complete grounding and isolation.  The girls don't necessarily appreciate needing to be supervised, but it's better than the alternative.

Darcy tried to spend as much time with her boys as she could.  Aerissa was growing up in her own right and didn't need Darcy hovering over her all the time.  Xander and Caleb were still young, impressionable, and in need of guidance.  Having always enjoyed video games as well as books, Darcy often spends evenings playing video games against her sons.  Unfortunately, it seems that Xander enjoys these gaming sessions much more than his brother Caleb.  Xander is also a better sport about losing.

darcy and caleb play catch

As Darcy had suspected when Caleb was a toddler, he was extremely fond of the outdoors.  And sports.  This troubled Darcy only because she knew she was not the best suited to fill this role with Caleb.  However, she figured that her son would be less critical of her lack of throwing and catching abilities while appreciating the time together.  Despite Darcy's lack of athleticism, it was quite apparent to her that Caleb was indeed athletic and talented.  He already had quite the arm.  Heck, she was able to catch nearly every pass he threw to her.

stolen shower

As things seemed to finally settle down, and life was feeling good, Darcy had a bit of a scare.  While the children had been asleep, Darcy had heard a noise in the living room.  She got up to check it out and noticed the house alarm flashing.  The burglar got away with the bathtub before the police arrived.  The police officer spent quite a bit of time with Darcy, trying to get a description and calm her down.  Unfortunately, they never caught the guy.

At this time, Darcy began to think more and more about what her coworker said about a hunky guy….

hunky man plz

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We are a family of gamers. Mom (Darcy/Syrana) and Dad (Brian/Sideshow) have been gaming for as long as they can remember back when you only had a joystick to use and saved your games to cassette tapes.

They've been gaming together since they met in 2002. Sometime after 2006, they both started playing World of Warcraft and did that for many years. They started this blog, originally called Sideshow & Syrana which has now transitioned to the new Stay-At-Home Gamers site, while keeping all of the original content.

Starting in 2010, two more gamers came along (now known as Princess Boo and Mr. X) and they are now old enough where they both enjoy playing games and watching others play games. They are both excited to have others to watch them play their favorite games. Come along with us and let's enjoy these games together!